Joyce Kouffman

Video Conference Lessons Available

Cello, Composition, Drums, Ear Training, Guitar, Instrumental, Jazz Improv, Percussion, Performer, Piano, Song Writing, Theory, Ukulele
Please see each instrument.


Beginners in All Genres, Intermediate/Advanced in the Following Genres:, African, Blues, Chamber, Classical, Folk, Funk, Improvisation, Jam, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Rock, World
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NEW!  Online Classes and Private Lessons!JoyceK

 You are:

1. A parent of a dedicated music student or a youth musician yourself with aspirations to carry on with your studies and performing in middle school, high school, college, and beyond.

2. An adult wishing to begin or continue music studies after having had childhood lessons.

Joyce is: A life-long full-time professional musician who has taught music for over 40 years. Along with common instruments musicians play, Joyce is one of a handfull of women guitar teachers and women drum teachers in the SF Bay Area. She started teaching in high school and her college music professor hired her back as her assistant at Harvard for six years after college! For that, she received the Harvard-Danforth Certificate for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Several adult students have studied with Joyce for up to 20 years and others – in their 70’s and 80’s – have gone on to play in the College of Marin orchestra after only three years of study.

Joyce Kouffman will help you shape a unique program of music study to achieve and surpass your goals and dreams.

Please call Joyce about custom-designed music classes and private lessons! 415-663-9176.

You may wish to study more than one instrument!

Improvisational & “Composer’s” Piano



Drum set

Hand Drumming

Music Theory




Plus…assorted topics in performance coaching, recording, concert production, video staging, or whatever you may need an expert ear and eye on to help you reach your special goals, such as preparing for the AP Test in Music Theory.

She also plays, reads, and teaches the fundamentals of a few secondary instruments:

Soprano and Alto Saxophone





More about Joyce:

Joyce Kouffman is an active award-winning performer, composer, recording artist, live concert producer, and teacher in a wide variety of roles. She has performed and recorded with some of the world’s most renowned musicians and teachers – from the gilded halls of the Boston Symphony and Harvard University to the stucco and corrugated-metal-roof dance studios of the world-touring Master Dancers and Drummers of Senegal, West Africa.

Through her life-long cross-cultural concert productions in schools and towns where she has lived, she has consciously sought to engender generous bonds between people of many cultural backgrounds and genres of art, writing, and music.

In her own composing and recording, Joyce has focused for the past 15 years on the award-winning poetry of Linda Pastan with her own poetry-inspired music.

A few comments:

“I had no idea that studying cello would be such a philosophical and almost mystical endeavor!” – an adult beginning cello student in her 50’s after playing piano as a youth.

“It’s like food!” – an adult guitar student in his 60’s after returning to lessons after his college years.

“Thank you for nurturing my music.” – an adult musician in her 70’s after returning to piano after many years away.

Lessons on Skype!


Contact Info

(415) 663-9176